Localization Culture

Designing for the multilingual web: WikiMedia

Love this post from the WikiMedia folks: Designing for the Multilingual Web. Great information of the importance of global  user experience considerations and cores methodology to bring an efficient, effective, and satisfying UX to life: wireframing (mockups), prototypes, and user testing. Loved the tool recommendations too! I’ll try those too!  

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Oracle Applications User Experience at Localization World Seattle 2012

Pleased to say that my session about global user experience (UX) has been accepted for Localization World in Seattle later this year (October 2012). I’m excited to be talking about UX at the leading globalization, internationalization, localization, and translation (GILT) industry event. It’s been a while since I’ve spoken at the event. It’s a great opportunity...

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Translation and UX Working Together: Oracle Mobile Applications Example

I’ve previously written a takeaway article for Multilingual decrying the lack of a clear user experience (UX) focus to the general globalization, internationalization, localization and translation industry. I’ll be revisiting this subject in the magazine later this year. Have things changed? Why is it important anyway? Well, you’ll have to read it to find out!...

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Being Jesuitical About Translation Subjects

I recently found out about www.sacredspace.ie, a multilingual, Drupal-based,  prayer website run by the Irish Jesuits (or to be more correct, the religious order of the Society of Jesus). Currently in redesign (the site that is, not the order), it has millions of visitors every year, with over three quarters of a million visitors recorded during...

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Wo Ist Mein Handy? Knowing the German Mobile User

Apparently, whether you say cell phone or smart phone is a giveaway about your age in the US (heavens forbid what clipping the thing to your belt says about you). I’ve been spending a lot of time in Germany recently, so I decided to find out what Germans call their mobile phones. Without a doubt,...

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Thumbs Up to International Design Considerations?

I’ve been reading Designing Social Interfaces by Christian Crumlish and Erin Malone. It’s a fine book written by two respected experts and provides more than 100 user experience design patterns, principles and best practices to use when designing social websites. Recommended! I was drawn to the “international considerations” section for the Thumbs Up/Down Ratings pattern. This...

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Who is the Language Industry's Chocolate Apple? Comics, Technology, and Culture

I’ve previously written about the uptake of the comic form in technical communications and some of the translation and cultural challenges. As part of Oracle’s research into the use of comics as a way of educating technical writers about DITA, I was astounded by the wide range of subjects covered by Japanese manga (漫画). Now, we...

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Ethnography in User Experience, the African Angle

I get to advise on global user experience (UX) stuff for Oracle applications, so I am always on the lookout for research opportunities in local markets and for information that might lead us there. The Everyone Speaks Text Message article in the New York Times (a surprisingly great source of articles on translation, language and...

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Africa Corps

We don’t hear enough about African localization and technology. I’ve said this before, I know. So, here are a collection of links to investigate further and get you thinking. So many possibilities to explore: the role of mobile technology, development, micro-entrepreneurs, innovation, community translation, machine translation, new markets, and more. We know there are problems...

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(not) localizing happy hour

I popped over the local brewery across the street from MultiLingual just now for the reduced-price appetizers and a greasy jolt of pub food to get the neurons firing. Amid the hummus and calamari and pot stickers, I came across the following description for Irish Chips: “hand-cut chips smothered in cheese, black olives, tomatoes, green...

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